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Leila Josefowicz and the Minnesota Orchestra Perform John Adams' Scheherazade.2, Oct. 20 and 21

Edward Gardner conducts the Minnesota Orchestra in concerts featuring the music of Berlioz, Ravel and American composer John Adams

Violinist Leila Josefowicz performs Adams' Scheherazade.2, a dramatic new symphony for violin and orchestra

On October 20 and 21, British conductor Edward Gardner makes his Minnesota Orchestra debut in performances featuring the virtuoso violinist Leila Josefowicz. The concerts begin with the brilliant overture to Berlioz’s opera Benvenuto Cellini, which is followed by the lush music of Ravel in the Second Suite from Daphnis and Chloe. A champion of contemporary music and a master of the violin, Josefowicz takes the stage after intermission for a performance of John Adams’ Scheherazade.2. This work, which the composer describes as a dramatic symphony for violin and orchestra, was composed especially for Josefowicz, who premiered it with the New York Philharmonic in March 2015.

The concert is performed at the Orchestra’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall, on Thursday, October 20, at 11 a.m., and Friday, September 21, at 8 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $25 to $79. Tickets are available online at and by phone at 612-371-5656. For further purchasing details, refer to the section at the conclusion of this press release.

Leila Josefowicz, violin
Leila Josefowicz has performed concertos by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Mendelssohn and Bruch with Minnesota Orchestra since her first appearance here at Sommerfest 2000. She collaborates frequently with leading composers, orchestras and conductors at the highest level around the world. In 2008 she was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, joining prominent scientists, writers and musicians who have made unique contributions to contemporary life. Concertos have been written especially for her by composers such as John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Colin Matthews, Steven Mackey and Luca Francesconi. She has released multiple recordings, notably for Deutsche Grammophon, Philips/Universal and Warner Classics. The latest of these, featuring Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Violin Concerto, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2014. More:,

Edward Gardner, conductor
Edward Gardner, now debuting with the Minnesota Orchestra, became chief conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in October 2015. He was previously music director of English National Opera for eight years. He has conducted Carmen, Don Giovanni and Der Rosenkavalier with the Metropolitan Opera, and he recently debuted with Chicago Lyric Opera as well as the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Orchestre National de France and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. He has also recently worked with such orchestras as the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Filarmonica della Scala, Czech Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Orchestra and Danish National Symphony. An exclusive recording artist for Chandos, he recently released critically-acclaimed discs of works by Janáček, Mendelssohn, Walton, Lutoslawski, Britten and Berio, as well as a recording of Verdi’s Macbeth with English National Opera. More:

Music for adventures, romance and imagination
Benvenuto Cellini was a sort of Renaissance man—an adventurer and artist—and Berlioz’s overture to the opera Benvenuto Cellini is a rambunctious work made up of many themes and characters, celebrating all of the hero’s qualities in a dramatic, musical fashion.

The lovers in the ancient tale of Daphnis and Chloe are shown in happy moments in Ravel’s Suite No. 2. Rippling woodwinds announce sunrise; solo flute represents Daphnis telling the tale of pan and Syrinx; and the couple celebrates with a joyous dance.

Instructed to play in manners ranging from furios and savage to intimate and delicate, the solo violinist in John Adams’ Scheherazade.2 is set against the orchestra in ways that Scheherazade is set against the world in the original Arabian tale. Adams depicts the story’s inner darkness with a fierce, evocative work that is intended to activate the listener’s imagination.

Minnesota Orchestra Classical Concerts

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 11 a.m. / Orchestra Hall
Friday, October 21, 2016, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Edward Gardner
, conductor
Leila Josefowicz, violin
Chester Englander, cimbalom

BERLIOZ                    Overture to Benvenuto Cellini
RAVEL                        Suite No. 2 from Daphnis and Chloe
ADAMS                       Scheherazade.2

Tickets: $25 to $96

OH+ Events
Free Concert Preview with Philip Gainsley in the Auditorium on Thursday, October 20, at 10:15 a.m.

Kairos Alive! will host an Intergenerational Dance Hall™ on Thursday, October 20, from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m., in the Target Atrium. Designed for all ages and abilities (ages 1 to 101), this event uses the power of participatory dance, music and story to make connections, stir the imagination and create resilience in intergenerational and intercultural communities.

For more information on these and other OH+ Events:


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All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change.

The Star Tribune is the Minnesota Orchestra’s media partner for the 2016-17 season.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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